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CCS baseball: Valley Christian nearly no-hits Mitty to 3-peat in Open

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SAN JOSE — It’s been over three decades since any team managed to three-peat in the Central Coast Section baseball playoffs.
Valley Christian needed a one-hit combined shutout to accomplish the feat Saturday night at Excite Ballpark, the venue formerly known as San Jose Municipal Stadium. It was just enough to hold off WCAL rival Archbishop Mitty, which had the tying runs in scoring position with two outs in the top of the seventh.
Final score: Valley Christian 2, Mitty 0.
“This is the way we wanted to go out and we made history,” said Gonzaga-bound William Kempner, who recorded the last nine outs for the save. “And that’s what we wanted to do.”
“At the beginning of the year we talked about making history,” said Cal-bound Steven Zobac, who tossed four no-hit innings. “It’s so crazy that I don’t have any words to describe my feelings right now. It’s pretty incredible.”
It was the 650th career victory for Valley Christian coach John Diatte, who surpassed WCAL legends Bill Hutton (Mitty, 648) and Chris Bradford (St. Francis, 644).
“Winning never gets old, especially when it’s a different group,” Diatte said. “And you watch that group mature. We started back in that last week in January and you never know what you’re going to get.”
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